Man, 79, leaves wife at BWI and disappears

Alzheimer's patient in area for son's wedding

November 24, 1999|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

Maryland Transportation Authority police were searching yesterday for a 79-year-old man who left his wife at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Monday while he went to rent a car.

Harley Freemont Burden Jr. of Freemont, Ind., and his wife flew into Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia shortly after 7 p.m., said Cpl. Gregory Prioleau, spokesman for transportation authority police. The couple's Northwest Airlines flight had been diverted from BWI. They had planned to attend the wedding of their son, Ken Burden of Silver Spring, this weekend.

From Dulles, the couple took a bus to BWI, where Burden rented a car from National Car Rental, Prioleau said.

Burden, who Prioleau said has Alzheimer's disease, rented a white, 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue with Virginia tags YRV 3144 about 8: 30 p.m., but did not pick up his wife, who was waiting at the Northwest terminal.

Prioleau said that about 10 p.m. Burden phoned National Car Rental and said he failed to pick up his wife and that he was lost in Parkville. A National employee gave him directions back to BWI, but he hadn't arrived.

He said Mrs. Burden is at her son's home.

Burden was described as a light-skinned black man, 6 feet tall, 220 pounds with hazel eyes. He has black hair and was wearing a dark suit, black sneakers, a leather belt and gold wire-rimmed glasses, Prioleau said.

Transportation authorities were treating Burden's disappearance as a missing person case and were working with the Alzheimer's Association to find him.

Anyone with information is asked to call Maryland Transportation Authority police at 410-859-7040.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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